Change of fleet: Station Car
One of the best things in life is change. Other great things are cars, so when a change in life creates a need for a new car what could be better ?
Life has taken a change as I now need to catch a train every day. Minor conundrum however as I live seven miles from the local station so how will one transport oneself to and from the station? Physical exercise is not an issue but generally for efficiency, warmth and safety I think a car will be the best machine to perform the job. Currently of the cars in the stable I do not have an adequate machine to do this workhorse task. This means a shake up is in order. Therefore leaving the garage will be Sir Bentley. (advertised on PistonHeads here. ) It is a great car yet the English country side, weather and general upkeep mean that it doesn’t quite fit as well in the fleet as it once did. What to replace it with ? The replacement needs to endure early morning starts, cold icy country lanes, abandonment and general weekend tasks. The car also needs to be able to accommodate an isofix base in the back (therefore needs a second row), preferably all wheel drive and run on petrol or hybrid power.
Big question now is budget. Of course if money is thrown at the situation it will be fairly simple to achieve however what could be done for minimal money. Further question is that is it worth spending money on this kind of car? Maybe part finance ? As usual I am keeping options open and looking at all ideas that range from a 100k mile Toyota Rav 4 to a 40k mile BMW i8. I want cars to have a point of difference, standout otherwise we would all buy Golfs. That said, I am seriously considering a 2016 Golf R. I went to look at an Alfa Brera yesterday at SDR Autos in Wadhurst, Kent. It has the reqiured 4wd, a petrol V6, leather, style and four seats. all for 6 grand. Alas the rear seats were not quite big enough to fit in the isofix base. This is a real shame as the car ticked every box. Also during this shopping trip I looked at the 2016 Golf R at Motorline in Tunbridge Wells. It is a great car, sat in it though it didn't quite feel right, not right enough to splash out the 22k required. The mind begins to wander and think about lovely Mercedes from the 80s and 90s then all other modern classics come flooding in only to be dismissed with the need for turn key reliability and abuse. Maybe a new car then, maybe that Golf, but it’s not justifiable. Maybe a cheaper mk7 Golf GTI, however they are not all wheel drive. Could I get away with 2WD? On bad weather days I could swap it for the Land Rover and leave the Golf to the family. Now if i’m going down the 2wd route then I’ll need to make sure there is no better option on offer from BMW or Alfa.
Some people don’t understand this conundrum whereas others totally get it. Driving makes me happy , no matter what how or where it is. I would really like something that makes me smile like the Bentley and can suffer its purpose and of course it has to have style.
Watch this space.